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Stocks Estimated to Earn 6% This Year and More

June 25th, 2015 at 07:46 am

I saw this article over at CNN. Stocks for 2015 are expected to earn about 6% this year. That is less than last year by far, but I'll take it. Any growth is good!

I cancelled our newspaper subscription in May and was told to expect a refund. I checked on it at the beginning of June and was told it would go back to the original credit card, which I realized was closed. Then they indicated a check would be cut. I now know the check has been issued and mailed to our old address on June 17. I guess it will be forwarded! Hoping it arrives soon, so I don't have to keep tracking it.

Verizon needed to verify my husband's employer in order to keep providing us the 15% employer discount. Usually providing the work email does it, but the military has such high security standards that didn't work. The other option was to submit a paystub (with income and ssn crossed out). I thought I did it before we moved, but could find no confirmation. I uploaded it again this week, and today we received confirmation that they were able to verify the employer and we qualify for the discount. Can't remember how much that ends up being, but it all counts!

My husband checked about the Temporary Lodging Expense. The receipt we had doesn't qualify. It isn't billed daily and it cannot say lease on the receipt. We are inquiring with our property manager about providing the bill in the way the army is requesting. If not, it's not the end of the world, but a little help paying for this temporary apartment would be nice.

We might go to the beach this weekend. It's just under two hours away. It would probably be a day trip. We won't go if it is too hot like it has been or if it will be too rainy. I'll need to really be careful about putting on sunscreen. I must have missed some spots when we went to the pool the other day...I'm burnt!

I was notified by email to activate my 5% off categories for the third quarter on our Chase Freedom Card. It's gas stations and Kohl's. I also choose my categories for our US Bank Visa. I picked 5% for furniture and cell phone and 2% for restaurants. Not sure if we are going to be buying furniture, but it is a possibility so might as well look for a little more of a discount!

Are you okay earning just 6% on your investments this year? Do you get an employer discount on your cell phone bill? Do you have any cards you need to make sure to select or activate rewards for next quarter?

6 Responses to “Stocks Estimated to Earn 6% This Year and More”

  1. snafu Says:

    So glad the apartment complex has a pool, enjoy! It sounds like there will be loads of new places to explore and new experiences to enjoy. Does the community list events on Yelp, Chamber of Commerce, City of _________ etc. so you can choose in advance tax supported activities like festivals, 4th July entertainments, craft fairs, semi professional sports, cat shows, garden visits, promotional BBQs etc?

  2. scottish girl Says:

    I like that you get to choose categories to get 5% off. Hope you get some help paying for your temporary apartment.

  3. rob62521 Says:

    Because I'm a teacher, we do get a discount on the cell phone.

    At this point, 6% sounds pretty good as far as interest goes. Nothing else we have is that much, unfortunately. Not happy the Dow was down again today. Boo!

  4. scfr Says:

    Tracking those little things is annoying. We had to pay a $100 deposit to the propane company when we bought our house that we won't get back until we die or move. It goes on our net worth statement every month, and there is a note about it in my "Letter of Final Instructions."

    I don't look for big returns on my investments. I'm happy to just keep pace with inflation.

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I had a cell phone discount through a previous employer, of course now that I'm with Ting, that doesn't matter anymore. Smile
    I think 6% is better than nothing! Smile

  6. Kiki Says:

    I do get a discount of 15% on my cell bill for a former nonprofit job I held. I still volunteer 8 hours a year so I qualify. it is a nice discount to have!

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